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Rusk County Children's Advocacy Center plans fundraiser

By Angela Ward
April 1, 2013 at 10 p.m.

The Rusk County Children's Advocacy Center is holding its first-ever fundraiser on Saturday, hoping to raise awareness of its services and money for it's programs.

Boots & Bling - Kicking It Up For Kids will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Civic Center, said executive director Kishla Salazar.

"With the economy the way it is, our donations have been down," Salazar. "A lot of people also don't really understand what we do, so this should be an opportunity to explain our services while we raise some much-needed funds. We hope it will become an annual event."

The Rusk County Children's Advocacy Center mission is to reduce trauma, facilitate recovery, and present legally sound cases for prosecution when child abuse occurs in Rusk County or Panola County, she said.

"We work with a variety of other agencies, including Child Protective Services and law enforcement officers, to help children who have been victims of, or witnesses to, crimes," Salazar said.

The fundraiser will include a meal, live music and live and silent auctions, she said. It also will have an outdoor Cigar Bar.

"The band is called Westbound 21 and we think people will really have a good time listening and dancing to their music," Salazar said. "We'll also have a professional photographer available to take pictures for people to commemorate the event."

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling (903) 657-0790.

"Our goal is to have 300 people attend this year and then to grow from there," Salazar said. "The community has been supportive, but we're still trying to get the word out."



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